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Can a humble blog help creatives to be wildly successful? We think so. The Stay Creative blog is going to help you meet the most creative people we know. To inspire you, to challenge you, and to remind you that in a creative business, the best way to stay in business is to Stay Creative.

The importance of the Onboarding process is often overlooked when choosing to implement new Time Tracking/Project Management software. The more user-friendly and intuitive the product, the better, but regardless of how simple account setup may seem, it is always worth your time to work with a dedicated Onboarder.
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Building the Habit
Business

7 Simple ways to increase your agency’s profit margin in the next 30 days

As agency-builders it can be easy to think that the best (or only) way to grow our business is to get more clients, do more work, bill more hours, and ultimately send bigger invoices. But some simple adjustments in how you approach your profit margin may just do the trick. Here are 7 simple ways to increase your profit margin.
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Building the Habit
Business

Time Tracking: Building the Habit

Implementing or transitioning to a new time tracking system can be a challenge for any creative company, big or small. Getting your team to actually track their time is a different challenge all together - there is no magic button that will make it happen - but here are a few tips to help encourage your team to embrace the process.
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Emily Cohen
Interview

In Conversation with Emily Cohen

With over 30 years of consulting Emily has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped design firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. Read about her inspiration and hopes for her new book: Brutally Honest - A straight-shooting book on how to evolve your creative business.
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Inspiration
Business

How Much Does Spec Creative Really Cost You?

How Much does Speculative Creative Really Cost you? Here are five reasons that speculative creative is very, very, very expensive for a small creative company — and tips for reducing this large expense.
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Inspiration
Creativity

Learn to Play Well With Others

If two heads are better than one, just imagine the power of more than two. See how playing creatively with others will not only put you in touch with your own strengths, but also with the strengths of everyone else in the room.
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Inspiration
Creativity

Take Twenty

Does this sound familiar? One Day I will...
The problem with this kind of thinking is that it quickly turns into two days, then two weeks, two months, two years, etc. So how do you turn all your talk into action?
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Inspiration
Creativity

Waiting for the Muse

If you’re waiting for the Muse to show up so you can "create", you might just be waiting a very long time. Possibly forever.If you really want to create, not just once and a while, but all the time, consistently day in and day out, then you’ve got to be disciplined and work at it.
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Inspiration
Creativity

Silence your Inner Critic

The number one enemy to creativity is you. Or more specifically the little critics inside you. They fuel your imagination in all the wrong ways. They whisper. They mutter. They murmer and Moan.
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Inspiration
Creativity

Inspiration or Desperation?

When it comes to great design, it seems to flow from the heart and soul. But where can we go to feed our senses and our curiosity so that we constantly bring fresh ideas to our clients and our work?
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Jeremie White
Interview

In Conversation with Jeremie White

Jeremie White is an Illustrator and painter, owner of SportsArt.ca, as well as the Design Director and partner at Suburbia Studios. He enjoys living in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and two teenage boys. And guess what? Jeremie and his kids play hockey.
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Idea Graphic
Business

Three Ways to Boost Effective Ideation

It’s amazing how many great ideas come forward if a problem is well defined. The better the problem or challenge is understood, the higher quality the ideas will be.
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Time vs Worth Scale
Business

What’s A Creative Person’s Time Worth?

It feels so good to solve a problem with a brilliant design concept. The craft of strategy applied to beauty and function successfully is nothing short of extraordinary.
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